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< Skyrim: People
(RefID: 0001A67B)
Home City Whiterun
Location Dragonsreach
Race Nord Gender Male
Level 4 Class Child
RefID 0001A67B BaseID 0001434D
Other Information
Health 65 Magicka 0
Stamina 80
Primary Skills Smithing, Two-handed
Race Details Child
Morality No Crime Aggression Unaggressive
Voice Type MaleChild
Faction(s) CrimeFactionWhiterun; DragonsreachKidsBed; DragonsreachOccupants; During sieges, staff and family hide.; TownWhiterunFaction

Nelkir is a Nord child and the youngest son of the Jarl of Whiterun, Balgruuf the Greater. He can be found in Dragonsreach.

Nelkir wears red colored child's clothes and a pair of shoes. He carries a selection of food and toys, and a small amount of gold.

A rumor passed on by the publican of the Bannered Mare will lead you to investigate the Jarl's children and Nelkir in particular. During this quest, Nelkir will also reveal many dark family secrets to you.

Related QuestsEdit


If approached:

"Another wanderer, here to lick my father's boots. Good job."
"The only grownups who talk to me are the kind I don't want talking to me."
"Kind of nice being in on the secret, isn't it."

If spoken to after the completion of The Fallen but before you begin The World-Eater's Eyrie, Nelkir will dryly remark:

"A dragon in Dragonsreach. That's something I never saw coming."

Quest-Related DialogueEdit

The Whispering DoorEdit

"Have I done something to make you bother me?"
Your father said to speak to you.
"So the disgusting pig sent you to bother me? One day, I'll tear his face apart so he can leave me alone. My father doesn't know anything about me. But I know about him. And about the war. More than he might think."
What sort of things?
"I know that he still worships Talos. That he hates the Thalmor almost as much as the Stormcloaks do. That he worries about being chased from Whiterun. That he... that I'm... that I don't have the same mother as my brother and sister."
How do you know these things?
"This castle is old. Lots of places nobody's been in a long while. Places where you can overhear things. See things. And the Whispering Lady."
Who's the Whispering Lady?
"She won't tell me her name. I've gotten good at listening to keyholes. At the door in the basement, I hear her talking to me. I thought I was caught, but she started telling me even more secrets. But I can't open the door."
Where is this door?
"In the basement. Trust me, you'll see it. I bet she'll talk to you, too."

If spoken to again:

"You're going to end up helping me. I know it."

After speaking to the Whispering Lady:

"You... you know the Whispering Lady, don't you. I can tell."
So how do I open the door?
"I told you, I know everything about this castle. For some reason that door is special. Only two people can open it, Balgruuf and Farengar, the court wizard. How you get it from them is up to you. Nobody would notice if Farengar went missing, I promise you."


  • If Whiterun is conquered by the Stormcloaks, then Nelkir's father moves to the Blue Palace but he does not. Also, his dialogue does not change.
  • Nelkir's relationship with Jarl Balgruuf is marked as "brother" in the Creation Kit, despite all dialogue referring to him as the Jarl's son.